Exciting News for Martin of Gfenn

When you self-publish a novel — one that’s polished and edited and strong and legit in all ways except no agent picked it up to pitch to some big publisher — you face many challenges, but the biggest is that the majority of self-published books are not polished, edited, strong or legit. There’s a stigma (somewhat deserved, in my opinion) that if the book were any good, a “real” publisher would have printed it.

But in real life publishers are publishing fewer books; indie publishing is growing in legitimacy and the industry is changing.

One response to indie publishing has been the emergence of reviewers who evaluate indie books and validate their quality for the public. My novel, Martin of Gfenn, has received two of these “merit badges.” One, the Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society Review and, today, I learned my book has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion from IndieB.R.A.G.

OK, they’re not the Pulitzer or the Man Booker Prize, but I’m really happy about this. I’m going to have to rework the cover to include both of these badges!

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25 thoughts on “Exciting News for Martin of Gfenn

  1. Oh Martha, isn’t that great! I’m so happy for you! I’d be busting at the seams if I were in your place. Recognition is so very encouraging.

    Congratulations on Martin of Gfenn. Recognition of this fine piece of work is way overdue, I’d say.

    Hugs,
    Susannah

    • Thank you! I’m happy organizations are emerging to legitimize and help market indie books. Of course, hardly anyone KNOWS about them, but I know this is only the beginning…

    • Thank you, Barb! I don’t know how I heard of them or if I had to send them money (I think I did to cover the cost of buying the book as an ebook) — what they do is take in applications, read chapters on Amazon, then if they are impressed, five people read the entire book and make a decision. You might want to check it out!

    • Thank you! You might want to check them out. They read chapters of an independently published book and then if they want to read all of it, five people read it. Then, if all of them like it, you get a medal! πŸ™‚

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